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Winston pleased with start

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Sochaux have started well in their quest to retain their Ligue 1 title once again as they beat a very tough and Battling Marseille team, just promoted, Marseille put up a good fight against a full strength Sochaux team.

Once again, Winston's aims are in the SMFA Cup in which they have been drawn in a much easier group than last years "group of death" in which they amazingly finished top of. The Welsh manager wants to go one better than their quarter final place last season and even go all the way, there are some good teams in the competition but Winston is confident in his p-layers ability to cause an upset or two.

All of the goals came in the second half as the half time score was 0-0. Sochaux took the lead just 2 minutes after the break through on loan Otman Bakkal, who used some of his brilliant pace to burst through the Marseille defense and delightfully chip the onrushing goalkeeper.

The newly promoted team came back and caused a few problems for the Sochaux defenders but they could not find the net. They were made to pay for their missed chances as Sochuax took a two goal lead, Ebi Smolarek the scorer this time, his powerful header left the Marseille keeper no chance at all.

Marseille did pull a goal back late on in the game but it was too late for any sort of comeback.

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( Goals from Bakkal and Smolarek gave Sochaux an opening day victory )

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Opening day victory for champs Porto

Sporting Braga 1-2 FC Porto

Champions FC Porto traveled to the Estádio AXA stadium tonight to face a unmanaged Sporting Braga side in the opening game of the new season. New manager Louis Mattis stated that his targets this season will be to do atleast the double. FC Porto dominated 60% possession, with 4 out of 11 shots on target.

FC Porto got off to the greatest of starts, they went 1-0 up on 1 minute, Mirko Vucinic finishing from a yard to put FC Porto 1-0 up. It was enough to send FC Porto in at the break, 1-0 up.

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(Vucinic's early goal put FC Porto 1-0 up)

The second half didnt start well for FC Porto, and Sporting Braga leveled the game off on 55 minutes, Almeida Vandinho drilling home a right footed shot. But FC Porto scored the winner on the 74th minute, Fernando Navarro hitting a half-volley into the roof of the net to get FC Porto off to the greatest of starts on the opening day of the season.

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(Navarro scored FC Porto's winner tonight)

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Daniel Bolam rescues united!

Daniel Bolam was named Manchester United boss this morning as the previous manager has absolutely wrecked them . Daniel said '' you what , oh . wish me luck then '' as he saw the team he had to work with .

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Second straight win for Champions

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Sochaux have started the season well as they have now picked up another victory. It was Metz that actually took the lead on 17 minutes when a defensive laps let them into score. Their lead only lasted 2 minutes as Sochaux got back on level terms through Gael Givet, who got forward into the attacking third and finished off a nice slick passing move. The score was 1-1 at half time.

The second half started off badly for Sochaux as they were reduced to ten men when Alexandros Tziolis picked up his second yellow card for a reckless high challenge. Sochaux still pressed even with one less player. They eventually scored the winner with just 3 minutes remaining when Algerian winger Karim Ziani met an in swinging corner superbly and headed the ball into the net.

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( Goals from Givet and Ziani gave Sochaux the victory )

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Two out of two

FC Porto 2-0 Crvena Zvesda

Last night FC Porto welcomed Serbian side Crvena Zvesda to the Estádio do Dragão last night, where 50,979 fans watched the game. Champs Porto wanted to dominate the league this season under new manager Louis Mattis and a second win here would keep there season up and running. FC Porto dominated 60% possession, with 13 out of 20 shots on target.

Two goals in the first 35 minutes sealed the victory for the Mediterranean Champions, the first came in the 11th minute, Klass-Jan Huntelaar beating the offside trap, and sliding the ball past the advancing keeper. New captain Silva Dani Alves scored the second goal on the 33rd minute mark with a amazing goal, the Crvena Zvezda keeper had no chance. Victory means FC Porto keep there 100% winning record in the league in these very very early stages.

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(Goals from Klass-Jan Huntelaar and Daniel Alves sealed all three points for FC Porto)

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Yet another 2-1 win

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Sochaux continue their great start to the season as they pick up another win against a rival team. Welsh manager Dai Winston is happy with the start the players have made.

Sochaux found themselves 1-0 down after half an hour as Auxerre scored with a great lobbed goal. Their lead lasted less than 5 minutes as Russian international Pavel Pogrebnyak seized on a poor pass by the Auxerre defender and ran towards goal, he brilliantly rounded the keeper, who went to ground way too easy, and put the ball into the empty net. The score was 1-1 at half time.

Sochaux were in the lead within 5 minutes of the second half as Ebi Smolarek 's lobbed effort was fumbled by the Auxerre keeper and the ball rolled over the line.

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( Goals from Pogrebnyak and Smolarek gave Sochaux a 2-1 win )

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Another win adds to great start

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Sochaux continue their great start to the season with a tight win against Nancy. Thier Welsh manager was happy with the result but is slightly worried that the performances are not as impressive. Winston knows that its the results that count and the league is not high on the agenda this season.

With the first half ending in a disappointing stalemate things did brighten up in the second half. Sochaux did bombard the Nancy goal but could not find the net. Winston was getting weary that his team were going all out for the goal and were leaving gaps at the back.

Sochaux eventuallty made their dominance pay off as they took the lead with 15 minutes to go. Pavel Pogrebnyak was the scorer, he made the most of a mix up in the Nancy midfield and ran towards goal with the ball before firing a firce shot past the Nancy keeper. A great goal to win the game.

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( Pogrebnyak got the only goal to give Sochaux a 1-0 win )

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FC Porto brush aside Maccabi Haifa

FC Porto 2-0 Maccabi Haifa

On Saturday, FC Porto welcomed Maccabi Haifa to the Estádio do Dragão where 50,287 fans watched the game. FC Porto manager Louis Mattis was looking for his first team to keep up there 100% winning record tonight and knew getting points from unmanaged clubs was very important. FC Porto dominated 57% possession, with 8 out of 17 shots on target.

Two goals sealed all three points for FC Porto. One goal came in the first half, and one in the second. The goal in the first half came in the 27th minute, Joelean Lescott hitting a powerful right footed shot into the onion bag to give FC Porto a 1-0 lead at half time.

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(Lescott gave FC Porto a 1-0 lead at half time)

The goal that came in the second half for FC Porto came in the 71st minute. Captain Dani Alves finishing his second attempt with a toe-poke to keep FC Porto's 100% winning record in the league.

But FC Porto lost there 100% winning record last night as they drew 3-3 in a thrilling game with Tom G's Panathinaikos side.

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(Captain Dani Alves made sure FC Porto won all three points on Saturday night)

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FC Porto comfortably beat Fenerbahce

FC Porto 3-1 Fenerbahce

Tonight league champions FC Porto welcomed Turkish side Fenerbahce to the Estádio do Dragão Stadium. FC Porto manager Louis Mattis wanted to get back on track after his side lost there 100% winning record in the league on Wednesday after they drew with Panathinaikos. FC Porto dominated 50% possession, with 14 out of 19 shots on target.

The deadlock was broken in the 11th minute, Dutch giant Klass-Jan Huntelaar smacking the ball past the despairing keeper. FC Porto doubled there lead on 38 minutes, Silva Dani Alves with a trademark strike. Fenerbahce did pull a goal back 1 minute later, but FC Porto went in at half time, 2-1 to the good.

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(Goals from Huntelaar and Alves put FC Porto 2-1 up in the first half)

Nothing much happened in the second half. FC Porto troubled the Fenerbahce keeper a couple of times. But they knew they would have to score a goal if they were to seal all three points. They scored that goal in the 71st minute, Nigerian John Obi Mikel with a long ranged shot flying into the top corner of the net to maintain FC Porto's 100% unbeaten record.

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(A goal from Mikel in the second half sealed the game for FC Porto)

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FC Porto remain unbeaten in league!

Dinamo Zagreb 1-2 FC Porto

Tonight FC Porto and manager Louis Mattis traveled to the Maksimir Stadium to face Dinamo Zagreb who finished second, behind FC Porto in the league last season. 38,755 fans watched the game, FC Porto dominated 59% possession, with 7 out of 15 shots on target.

The first goal of the game came in the 29th minute, the home side, Dinamo Zagreb taking the lead through Javier Saaverda smashing the ball into the back of the net with venom. The score was 1-0 to Dinamo Zagreb at half time.

FC Porto manager Louis Mattis knew his team wasn't playing to a league-winning standard. And was shocked they didn't take there chances in the second half. FC Porto done what there manager tolded them, and they leveled the game on the 73rd minute, Klass-Jan Huntelaar slotting home after some neat footwork. FC Porto scored the winner in the 83rd minute, Aparecido Cesar thumping the ball into the top corner to save his side from a embrassing defeat.

FC Porto remain third in the league, on 16 points with Benfica and Sporting where they have been all season.

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(Huntelaar and Cesar rescued the points for League champions FC Porto)

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Hertha BSC Berlin boss Tiger Baker stated for the record he wasn't too concerned with his teams mediocre start to the season; "Even though we are 11 points behind the leader already, I know with a squad like my mine, Berlin will be in the top 2 or 3 at the end of the season" he said.

He also went on to say, that even though he was still hungry for the league title, what really excited him was retaining the SMFA Champions Cup with Berlin meeting heavyweights Real Madrid and Spurs in the Group phase.

Berlin lost Ambrosini their star midfielder for 4 weeks on saturday but Tiger says "Veron is fit again and will replace him in the team".

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Ajax Amsterdam release statement tonight!!!

The chairman of Ajax has made a proposal to Valencia boss Dan Payne to take control of the Amsterdam based club Ajax. The Ajax Chairman has stated around £119.9M will be available for Payne to spend however he may wish. If he accepts this job offer then he will leave Valencia with immediate affect. The Ajax chairman also stated Payne has 48 hours to respond to the offer before he looks elsewhere.

It is believed that Payne is happy in Valencia but with only 3 months remaining on his current deal at the Mestalla. Valencia fans are eager to see how Payne reacts to this offer and whether he is loyal to the club.

Payne has made some big signings in his time at Valencia but the squad is small and an oppertunity with a healthy Ajax squad and a 3 year contract could well attract the boss.

More to follow....

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FC Porto ready to grab Ajax players!

After Valencia manager Dan Payne stated Ajax were unmanaged, FC Porto manager Louis Mattis quickly looked through the Ajax squad and hopes to lure atleast one 90+ player to the Med League champs. Reports believe Mattis is intrested in Simao and Robben, and any one of them will fill into his LM role which is weak perfectly.

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FC Porto ready to grab Ajax players!

After Valencia manager Dan Payne stated Ajax were unmanaged' date=' FC Porto manager Louis Mattis quickly looked through the Ajax squad and hopes to lure atleast one 90+ player to the Med League champs. Reports believe Mattis is intrested in Simao and Robben, and any one of them will fill into his LM role which is weak perfectly.[/font']

"You're not taking anyone", says new manager Kuldeep Samra :D , thanks a lot Dan!

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Payne signs new contract at Valencia

Upon hearing that their boss Dan Payne was a target for Ajax, Valencia woke up to see the verdict and fans and players of Valencia were delighted to hear the news that Payne had signed a 2 year extension on his current contract which had 3 months remaining.

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Payne In Demand

Since Payne has proven to be one of the top manager's in the world, it has been revealed that Valencia ae having a hard time keeping hold of their talented young manager.

Its been reported that Payne has been offered the post at Fenerbahce following the offer at Ajax just a few days ago.

Sources believe that Payne has no interest in the job in Turkey and he will shortly reject the offer.

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Royals Look strong !

Reading 5 - 0 Blackburn Rovers!

A emphatic Reading team dominated a lack lustre Rovers in this entertaining match. Reading had an outstanding 64% possession, and 13 shots, nothing to shout about but the way in which the Reading strike force went about there finishing is very impressive.

Two goals for Readings star player Ederson, and singles from Hunt, Convey and Doyle sealed the win.

Steven Hunt sealed his performance with a MoM award, the media rated him at 10/10. All of the Reading team played well but players such as Adler, Senderos, Convey, Borges, Ederson and Doyle were all expectional.

With this win, Reading, a team from a small city and relatively new to the English top flight go top of the table.

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With a relatively small squad, Johnsons team did stuggle last season in the SMFA cup, which impacted upon their league performance resulting in a very admirable 6th place finish.

This made them only qualify for the SMFA shield, something Johnson is going to concentrate a little more on.

Tomorrow, Reading will face Internacional in the first round of the SMFA shield.

When asked by SMFA news to round up the season so far Johnson said:

" Its been great, the lads have all done brilliantly, we havent been hit by injury hard thankfully, meaning we could play our strongest team , resulting in wins of Chelsea, and Arsenal managed by none other than Leigh Austin. I hope our form continues, but i will really need to add players to my squad to compete on all fronts".

Other good news came Readings way when Adler, Torbinsky, Ashley Young and Ederson all accepted 5 year deals !

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The talented Brazilian is set to be the centre piece of Johnsons plans

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Sochaux Season update:

Sochaux started the season on fire, winning their first six games of the season. Form took a slight dip when the cup games started and an early exit from the French Shield against Ben Read's impressively organized Lens was a slight blow to Winston's plans of winning the domestic cups this season. With that, Sochaux are still top of Ligue 1 with Lens in second. It should be an interesting battle this season.

The SMFA Cup campeign, that brought such wonderful experiences last season, has started with Sochaux kicking off with a 1-1 draw against Shaktar Donetsk. It will be tough to go through this group with Schalke and Feyenoord the other two in the group.

Some important scorelines:

SOCHAUX 5 - 1 Saint-Etienne

An early Ebi Smolarek hat-rick sealed a great win against title contenders Saint-Etienne.

Bordeaux 1 - 2 SOCHAUX

Blas Perez and Rabiu Afolabi gave Sochaux a great away win which took them top of Ligue 1.

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FC Porto update

Boavista 2-3 FC Porto

FC Porto wanted to get back to winning days and they scraped past a unmanaged Boavista side with goals from Michael Bradley, Jonathan De Guzman and Joes Nunes

Mediterranean Shield Round 2

FC Porto 1-0 AEK Athens

FC Porto welcomed AEK Athens for Round 2 of the Med shield, a single Szabolcs Huszti goal was enough to send them into the the Med shield Quarter-final were the face Benfica, FC Porto are also in the Med Cup Quarter-final where they will face Sporting.

FC Porto 2-0 Benfica

FC Porto welcomed top of the table Benfica on Wednesday night, this was a good chance for FC Porto manager Louis Mattis to look at Benfica's squad ahead of there Med Shield Quarter-final in 2 weeks time. Two goals sealed the victory for FC Porto, they came from Aparecido Cesar and Klass-Jan Huntelaar.

SMFA Champs Cup

FC Porto 2-0 Espanyol

FC Porto hosted Spanish Champions Espanyol at home on Friday, FC Porto manager Louis Mattis was looking to pick up his first three points in the competition after FC Porto lost there first group game against Scottish side Aberdeen. Two goals sealed the match, they came from Szabolcs Huszti and Jimmy Briand

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FC Porto fielded there third team to make sure there first team was fit for the Med Cup Quarter on Monday, and there second side was fit for the league game on Wednesday evening. Goals from Jesús Juanito Gutierrez and Marek Kulic sealed the win for FC Porto.

FC Porto have moved back into 3rd in the table, two points behind second place Sporting.

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Toggs has been named at Div2 outfit Recreativo. Toggs is estatic with the appointment as the team has some good players such as Edgar Hernandez (87), Younes Mahmood (86) and William Janseen (85) who's joined on loan from FC Porto.

Toggs'es first match is against Espanyol in the 3rd round of the Cup. Recreativo have Real Madrid in the 3rd Round of the Shield and in the league, lie joint 6th.

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Hearts have announced there need for a Attacking Midfielder and a Central Defender 87+ as there quest for trophies continues on several fronts. Anybody with someone fitting this criteria available PLEASE take the time to get in touch with me, it will be much appreciated.

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Winston arrives in Valencia

It was an emotional night last night in France as Sochaux and the French Ligue 1 lost one of its most successful managers. Dai Winston was snapped up by Spanish giants Valencia after making Sochaux double league champions and guided them to the quarter final of the SMFA Cup last season, eliminating Manchester United and PSV in the group stages.

Dai Winston stated in the press conference in Spain how much he will miss Sochaux as a club and all the people connected with the club, also he thanked the fans for their warm acceptance of him when he first came and he wished them all the best in the future.

The Valencia squad is very strong in all areas but Winston has said he will be looking to bring in one or two new faces in the coming weeks. Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi will be the key this season, Winston also went on to say. Its an exciting time for Valencia.

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Hearts enter Key phase of Season

Luke Deveney's Hearts are now moving into their most important part of their season as their challenge on numerous fronts continues in a superbly strong manner. After 18 league games the Edinburgh side find themselves in 6th position in the table, jut 6 points from top spot and 3 points from SMFA Cup football next season. Considering that Deveney has been fielding weaker sides in the league in recent times to allow the key players to rest for important cup ties, the "2nd string" have produced some top drawer performances to keep in touch with the leaders. In cup competition, their massive away tie against Hamburg tomorrow in the SMFA Shield is the first cup game in the upcoming schedule, with a Scottish Shield Semi Final against Motherwell waiting on the following Monday. The opportunity for silverware is very much possible for Deveney's players but they must produce their best Football within the next 2/3 weeks if the dreams of the fans are to become reality.

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